mHUB AND UI LABS Announce 2nd Annual Fourth Revolution Awards and Open Award Nomination Process

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Award ceremony for region’s manufacturing industry recognizes the leaders, visionaries and corporate champions helping to drive the industry into the next industrial revolution

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"Small manufacturers and startups are essential to the transformation of U.S. manufacturing, and we are excited to celebrate their game-changing achievements alongside corporate and community leaders," said UI LABS Chief Executive Officer, Caralynn Nowinski Collens.

mHUB and UI LABS today announced that the 2nd annual Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The ceremony will culminate in the celebration of seven deserving leaders, companies and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the region’s manufacturing ecosystem in the past year. Nominations for the awards are being accepted now until July 31, 2018 at 4RevAwards.com.

The Fourth Revolution Awards celebrates regional manufacturing for its leadership and innovation as the industry embarks on a new technological revolution. Named for the Fourth Industrial Revolution which fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, the award ceremony will showcase emerging technologies in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics, autonomous vehicles, robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and more.

“The inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony last year brought together over 300 industry leaders from across the region to celebrate with one another and recognize the incredible innovation that’s coming out of our ecosystem,” said Haven Allen, mHUB Chief Executive Officer. “It was exciting to see entrepreneurs and corporate leaders celebrating the advancements and future potential of our industry, and we can't wait for what's to come this year.”

“These awards will recognize programs, companies and individuals from a cross section of the manufacturing ecosystem," said UI LABS Chief Executive Officer, Caralynn Nowinski Collens. "Small manufacturers and startups are essential to the transformation of U.S. manufacturing, and we are excited to celebrate their game-changing achievements alongside corporate and community leaders."

Awards will be presented for long-time manufacturing leadership, innovation and new talent in manufacturing, significant investment in emerging manufacturing sectors and promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry. The awards are:

Corporate Champion: Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

Community Empowerment Award: Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

Innovation of the Year: Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.

Product Design of the Year: Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and impacts productivity as well as the greater good.

Rising Star of the Year: Recognizes a pre-series B round individual startup company for its innovation, creativity and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes a small or mid-sized manufacturer that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements as well as contributions to its local community.

For more information on the ceremony, sponsorship opportunities and award nominations, visit http://www.4RevAwards.com and follow @4RevAwards on Twitter.

About mHUB
mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. Our mission is to galvanize Chicago’s manufacturing ecosystem by generating innovative ideas, attracting world-class talent and fostering collaboration. By providing access to labs and equipment, industry experts and entrepreneurial and technical training workshops, and a community of other product innovators, mHUB helps turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into sustainable new businesses that drive economic impact, and ensure the region’s continued leadership in global manufacturing.

mHUB full-service, co-working membership begins at $300 with several packages for early stage entrepreneurs up through established enterprises, including part-time prototyping shop access, reserved desks and private office rentals.

About DMDII
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with UI LABS and the Department of Defense, DMDII equips U.S. factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, its more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

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